Alon Day grabs first win
Israeli driver Alon Day, in the CAAL Racing’s Chevrolet SS, claimed the victory in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season opener in Valencia, just .464 seconds ahead of Marc Goossens driving a similar car for Braxx Racing. The Belgian was penalized after the race for an incident at the start and moved back to the eight position due to a 25-second penalty.
“It’s fantastic. The whole CAAL Racing team worked very hard. They all really deserve it”, said Day – who became the winningest active driver in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, “It was a very hard race. Goossens was amazingly quick and kept me . That was unbelievable. He will start from pole position tomorrow but I hope that I can be with him. I am just so happy. The team did such a great job, the mechanics, my engineer and my spotter they were all fantastic. We all did it together. It’s all about teamwork.”
Frederic Gabillon, in the Tepac RDV Compétition’s Toyota Camry, put up another strong performance to come from fourth to second, while the battle for the last step on the podium saw five drivers in only 4 seconds. Eventually the two-time champion Anthony Kumpen (PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) finished third, ahead of is team mate Stienes Longin, the Alex Caffi Motorsport’s Ford Mustang of Borja Garcia and Lucas Lasserre (Mishumotors Chevrolet SS). The Frenchman had a contact with fellow countryman Gabillon early in the race that sent him spinning, but recovered well to finish sixth.
The ELITE 2 class reigning champion Thomas Ferrando, in the Knauf Racing Team’s Ford Mustang, emerged as the Junior Trophy winner.
NASCAR Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, in the RDV Competition’s Toyota Camry, had a solid race climbing from 20th on the grid to the 14th position and delighted the spanish fans with a long side-by-side duel with Alex Segdwick’s Ford Mustang (MRT Nocentini).
Dario Caso, driving a Racers Motorsport’s Ford Mustang, led the Challenger Trophy.